At least 376 irregular migrants were held across Turkey, security sources said Monday.
In northwestern province of Kirklareli, Turkish gendarmerie units rounded up 136 irregular migrants near the Bulgarian border, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
The migrants -- nationals of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Iran -- were referred to the immigration office, while four suspects were arrested over human trafficking.
Meanwhile, in the eastern province of Van, 203 irregular migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan were held.
167 of the migrants were held in a house raid, while the other 36, including women and children, were rounded up during regular patrols.
Migrants camp on bridge between Guatemala and Mexico as US pressure mounts
Hundreds of Central American migrants bedded down overnight on a bridge separating Guatemala and Mexico, many squeezed against a metal border gate, as efforts to halt a trek north by a caravan of thousands of people gathered pace under U.S. pressure.U.S. President has warned the Central American caravan must be stopped before it reaches the United States, and Honduras and Guatemala said late on Friday they were mobilizing to return Honduran migrants to their homeland.Earlier in the day, hundreds of migrants at the head of the caravan had poured through Guatemalan border posts and onto the bridge, but were repelled by dozens of shield-bearing Mexican police. Several complained they had been teargassed.Drained from days of walking and frustrated, many prepared to spend the night in the open. Some stretched towels and garbage bags along the bridge walls, others lay down on backpacks, while a man applied lotion to his tired feet.Mexico's government, which says it will process migrants' claims for asylum individually, vowed to tackle the caravan as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met top officials in Mexico City. Pompeo urged Mexico to ensure the procession did not reach the United States.Meanwhile, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez was due to meet his Guatemalan counterpart Jimmy Morales in Guatemala on Saturday to implement a strategy for returning the Honduran migrants, their two governments said.Most of the migrants that Reuters spoke to said they had no idea how to get the documentation needed for Mexico. But many were determined to try."No, I'll fight. I'll try again," said Honduran Hilda Rosa as her four teenage children sat upright, beaming as she pumped the air with her fist.The native of Tegucigalpa told a familiar tale when asked why she had left Honduras: "You know why: no work, violence."EU moves closer to overcoming migration feudTrump warns Mexico, threatens to close southern borderNearly 300 irregular migrants held in Turkey in two daysMost of the people now caught trying to enter the United States illegally hail from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, among the poorest and most violent countries in the Americas.A few of the caravan members, who ranged from farmers and bakers to housewives and students, and included a whole block of friends and family from the Honduran city of El Progreso, said they would start going back to where they came from on Saturday.Jose Ramon Rodriguez, 45, a construction worker from El Progreso, sat on the Guatemalan end of the bridge with his head hanging low, his 9-year-old son tucked against him."Tomorrow we go home," he said. His companions nodded.Among them was Osman Melgar, who nursed a bleeding gash on his shin, suffered when he fell as dozens of people packed on the bridge began fleeing when police, according to several eyewitnesses, used tear gas.Some, including 40-year-old Adriana Consuelo, went under the bridge, paying raftsmen 25 pesos ($1.30) to ferry them across the Suchiate River on vessels made of giant rubber tires.After making it to the muddy banks of Mexico, she said "No one checked my documents," as she headed to a taco restaurant.But Mexico had stepped up its efforts to stop the flow of people, migration experts said."Every time there's a (migrant) caravan there are police sent to the southern border ... but we've never seen anything as dramatic as we're seeing today," said Eunice Rendon, coordinator of migrant advocacy group Agenda Migrante."This has everything to do with Trump," she added. ($1 = 19.2570 Mexican pesos)Two top Trump aides get into heated exchange outside Oval Office'Turkey gives about as much in foreign aid as the US'Mexico to ask UN for help with migrant caravan
Mexico to ask UN for help with migrant caravan
Mexico announced Thursday that it would ask the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, for help in processing the arrival of a caravan of up to 4,000 migrants at its southern border that is bound for the United States.In a press release, Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray said he would formally submit the request later that day in a meeting with UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres in New York.“This measure aims to ensure the security and integrity of migrants -- particularly of minors, elderly people and women -- and to prevent them from becoming victims of criminal organizations dedicated to human trafficking who would put their lives at risk,” the statement said.On Oct. 13, a thousand migrants left on foot from Honduras for the United States -- an estimated 2,500 kilometers (1,553 miles) away. On Thursday, the group, which reportedly grew to 4,000 people in Guatemala, was headed to the southern border of Mexico, with some of its members already at the border.In a joint statement, Mexico’s Interior and Foreign Relations ministries reiterated that the migrants would not be allowed to enter the country without proper documentation.Migrants are required to have a visa granted by Mexican authorities, and those who don’t must either individually apply for refugee status, which could imply up to 90 days of detention, or face deportation.“We deny that the existence of a transit visa exists for people to cross the national territory,” the statement read.A previous caravan of around a thousand migrants headed to the U.S. in April had been granted temporary visas to cross Mexico, angering U.S. President Donald Trump.Over the past few days, Trump has made escalating threats on Twitter, saying Thursday he would use the military to "CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!" while demanding Mexico "stop this onslaught" from reaching the U.S.In a local radio interview on Thursday morning, incoming Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard, who will take office in December, qualified Trump’s declarations as “unsurprising, predictable and electorally motivated” in light of midterm elections due in three weeks.President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Wednesday he "planned to offer more work visas for Central Americans" as soon as he is sworn into office on Dec. 1.
Earlier Monday, 17 irregular migrants were rounded up in a bus by police in the central province of Sivas.
Police held the Afghan migrants during identification checks and sent them to the provincial immigration authority.
Also, 20 other irregular migrants, Afghan and Pakistani nationals, were held by gendarmery forces in a village of southeastern Batman province, and later referred to the immigration office.
Turkey has been a main route for irregular migrants trying to cross into Europe, especially since 2011 when the Syrian civil war began.
Hundreds of migrants storm Spanish enclave in North Africa, one dies
One African migrant died and three others were injured when around 300 stormed the border fence separating Spanish enclave Melilla from Morocco on Sunday, the local authorities said.About 200 migrants managed to scale the seven-metre high metal barrier and were taken to a reception centre in Melilla where officials started the process of identifying them.The man died of a suspected cardio-respiratory arrest despite being treated by emergency services, the Spanish government's local delegation said in a statement.More than 6,000 migrants have made it to Melilla and Spain's nearby territory Ceuta so far this year, according to the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR. In some places, the fences around the enclaves are topped with razor wire.On Sunday, wooden-handled hooks and shoes fitted with spikes to help the climb were left behind, along with a bloodied t-shirt.More than 40,000 have arrived by sea on Andalucia's southern coast since January, making Spain Europe's top destination for migrants which the European Union has failed to agree on how to handle.The routes have changed as Italy clamped down on rescue ships to dock at its ports, and a deal between the EU and Turkey eased flows across the Aegean Sea to Greece.The vast majority of arrivals in Spain are men, primarily from Guinea, Mali and Morocco, the UNHCR says.On Saturday, Spain returned to Morocco 24 migrants who reached the Chafarinas islands, another Spanish territory off the North African coast, under a bilateral agreement signed in 1992, under which citizens of third countries who have entered illegally can be returned within a certain time frame.This agreement was very rarely used until this summer, when 116 men who stormed the Ceuta fence were turned back. Spain's Interior Ministry says it is being used now thanks to good bilateral relations.African billionaire abducted in Tanzania returns home safely11 killed, thousands displaced by Yemen tropical stormSix killed, thousands displaced by Yemen tropical storm
Greece suspends police officer for swearing at a migrant woman
The Greek police has suspended an officer and ordered an internal inquiry after a video showed him verbally abusing an elderly woman at a migrant camp, police said on Saturday, amid growing violence towards migrants in Greece.The woman was standing in a long queue waiting for food handout at Greece's biggest migrant camp in Moria on the Aegean island of Lesbos, when the police officer insulted her using offensive language.The police said it would carry out an internal inquiry into the incident for racism and will also examine whether three other police officers shown in the video should also be suspended.The three officers were standing nearby but took no action.EU moves closer to overcoming migration feudTrump warns Mexico, threatens to close southern borderNearly 300 irregular migrants held in Turkey in two daysAttacks on migrants have been creeping up in Greece which is struggling to cope with thousands of people stranded in overcrowded camps since a migrant crisis broke out in 2015.The Moria camp has long been described by the United Nations and other human rights organisations as overcrowded and unfit for humans. More than 7,300 refugees and migrants are currently in the former military camp in a collection of shipping containers and flimsy tents, more than double its 3,100-person capacity, according to the latest government figures.To ease overcrowding, authorities have begun moving hundreds to facilities on the mainland.Athens-based NGO Racist Violence Recording Network has said the poor living conditions of refugees and migrants on Greek islands were fuelling xenophobic rhetoric in local communities, sometimes with "extreme manifestations". Migrants camp on bridge between Guatemala and Mexico as US pressure mountsTwo top Trump aides get into heated exchange outside Oval OfficeMexico to ask UN for help with migrant caravan